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UI Design : Groundwork

Given an interface design problem, i start with seeking answers to the following questions.

What are the defined goals/objectives of the user interface design? Are these goals User Centric or just based on business /technical requirements?
Who is the target audience?
What is the list of tasks the user is expected to perform?
What is the finalized list of individual elements that need to appear on the interface?
What’s order of importance of the elements?
Given an interface design problem, i start with seeking answers to the following questions

What are the defined goals/objectives of the user interface design? Are these goals User Centric or just based on business /technical requirements?
Who is the target audience?
What are the list of tasks the user is expected to perform?
What is the finalized list of individual elements that need to appear on the interface?
What’s order of importance of the elements?
Can i knock something off?
How will the weightage be visually displayed (text /images)
What are the best practices that can be applied?
Any benchmarks?

Few Questions on Usability Testing:

Is the user able to perform the task successfully?
How many steps did the user take to complete the task?
How easy was it for the user to learn to perform the task? (Sounds clich├ęd but needs mention)
How long will it to take for the novice user to become an expert user?
How fast did the user perform the task?
Was the flow smooth?
Was the User Experience “comfy”?
How crisp & complete are the descriptions, labels & call for action elements.

Questions on Visual Design:

Is the interface design simple & minimalist?
Is it classy & easy on the eye?
Is the choice of the visual forms, user friendly?
Are the brand specifications met?
Will the design load fast?
How is the design consistency maintained?
Can i use any of my existing templates?

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